Plot[ edit ] The story is set in medieval Germany. Hansel and Gretel are the children of a poor woodcutter. When a famine settles over the land, the woodcutter's wife decides to take the children into the woods and leave them there to fend for themselves, so that she and her husband do not starve to death.
The opera's original libretto is steeped in nineteenth century culture but Richard Sparks ' translation, originally for the LA presentation of the opera, brought the text up to date and made it most appealing to contemporary children.
Some of Sparks' rhymed translation is an English version of the original libretto by the composer's sister, Adelheid Wette, but where the text reflects her religious views, with 14 angels watching over the children through the night, he substitutes references to the beauties of nature and the protective sprits seen onstage.
Director, Scenic and Costume Designer Doug Fitch made magic on the stage and many of the children in attendance had stars in their eyes when they left the theater. The show's pre-curtain was a flat surface showing a forest home with a brook and several trees.
Smoke comes out of the chimney, water in the brook moves and a mysterious broomstick flew in and out, around the house and surrounding landscape.
The curtain divided into several pieces that moved downstage. Hansel and Gretel were playing and dancing as they sang about their need for food. Some of what was originally thought to be scenery in front of the house danced with them. When the children's mother returned home, only her angry face was projected on the house surface.
Later, colorful animals with fantastic shapes and huge glowing eyes populated the forest. As the sun went down, huge red toadstools along with the animals kept watch over the children and the Sandman showered them with the glitter of repose.
After intermission, Hansel and Gretel awoke at the call of a Dew Fairy who glowed like a ray of sunlight atop a tall tree. A gingerbread house appeared and food dropped in front of the children. Dressed in a short pink tulle skirt, Doug Fitch's mild-mannered Witch once might have been a blonde bombshell and her appearance, all in faded pink, did not frighten the small children in the opera house.
Gretel wore a simple skirt and Hansel wore plain brown short pants.
Only the Sandman and the Dew Fairy had fancy, sparkling outfits. Fitch's inventive additions to the basic story made this performance a visual treat for the young and a delectable musical entree for adults.
Kudos to Aerialist Kelsi Cassidy, who rode a broomstick several stories up across the night sky. After the Witch had been shoved into the oven, I waited for it to explode, but it didn't.
I guess there were safety issues involved. As the Witch, Susan Graham 's voice was disguised most of the time and she created a memorable character. Her Witch was an evil creature who looked quite pleasant, wore non-threatening clothing and seemed almost normal at first.
Perhaps Graham and Fitch taught a lesson there.
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Hansel and Gretel's trail of breadcrumbs inspired the name of the navigation element "breadcrumbs" that allows users to keep track of their locations within programs or documents.
The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is one of the most renowned operas. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a dark fantasy action horror comedy film written and directed by Tommy Wirkola.
It is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel", in which the titular siblings are now grown up and working as a duo of witch exterminators for hire. Latest Update: Hansel has been fortunate enough to be living with his adoptive family after being so lovingly cared for by his foster mom, Linda.
She wrote this about her experience with Hansel and his sister, Gretel, and how Hansel came to find his forever home. Hansel and Gretel attempt to gather more pebbles, but find the doors locked and find it impossible to escape from their parents' house. The following morning, the family treks into the woods.
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